The 2017 presentation topic is entitled: 

"My strategy for trauma and orthopaedic disease prevention will reduce the burden on the NHS"

By user request we are now offering bespoke presentation analysis and feedback in addition to CV analysis and feedback for all online ST3 orthopaedic interview users. This is all included in the existing price meaning you now get all our award-winning questions with explanations and links to evidence from post-FRCS level surgeons, videos, interactive anatomy spots, CV analysis, presentation analysis and support right up to the interviews. 

We are creating the ultimate orthopaedic interview preparation toolkit to make your life as easy and stress-free as possible.

Below you will find our quick overview of tips for the presentation station too.

How To Do Well At The ST3 Trauma and Orthopaedic Presentation

Remember that you will be scored on your presentation research, delivery, engagement and ‘soft-skills’ such as eye contact etc.

You will not be able to cover everything around the topic in the short time provided and part of the task is seeing whether you can create an engaging presentation around a focussed topic. We have included our key presentation principles below. Further info can be found in the knowledge videos.


Try to take a step back and think about ways you can stand out. From an early stage try to keep things personal. Have you or a family member or friend experienced the topic in some form? Your first idea may well be the same as the other 600 people applying and remember you don’t need to cover every aspect of the topic.


After you have brainstormed ideas start looking at the literature, in the media and at the BOA and AAOS websites for examples of how best to tackle the topic. The topics are deliberately vague so try to find figures that you can use to elaborate on the issues.

Opening Hook

When planing your presentation begin with a positive, interesting opening statement that hooks the attention of the panel. This should succinctly answer the question posed.

2-3 Points

After making your opening hook state that you will back this up using 2 or 3 points and then elaborate on these. This method signposts to interviewers what you will be talking about and helps structure the presentation.


End with a summary and leave interviewers with something to think about. This might be a rhetorical question or a decisive statement relating back to your opening hook.

Notes, Eye Contact, Fidgeting

Try not to rely on notes and maintain strong eye contact with the panel throughout. You will with be seated or standing (this is up to you and the individual interviewers on the day) so think about this before you get in.